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"Naughty Mommy" Maria Walsh Wins Nationwide Comic Search at Iconic Riviera Casino & Hotel

New York resident beats nearly 230 entrants to earn headlining gig June 17 - 23

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LAS VEGAS, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Riviera Casino & Hotel crowned its next comic headliner after scouring through 226 submissions from around the country. Following more than a month of competitions, Maria Walsh, the "Naughty Mommy" from Long Island, N.Y., earned the title of Riviera Next Comic Headliner as part of the hotel's 58th Anniversary celebration. Walsh won a one-week gig at the Riviera Comedy Club and will headline June 17 – 23.


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"I am overwhelmed to take the same stage at the Riviera where so many legendary comics have performed," says Maria Walsh, winner of the Riviera Casino & Hotel comic headliner search. "In comedy, you need to work hard, hone your skills and get your name out there and this is a great way to do that. Watch out, Vegas, the Naughty Mommy has arrived!"

"Maria has never before performed in Las Vegas and when you take the stage here, you must bring your A-game," says Mark Massimino, director of entertainment at Riviera Casino & Hotel. "People expect more and she has proven to be up to the task. We're excited for her June performances."

PHOTO CUTLINE: Maria Walsh, winner of Riviera Casino & Hotel Next Comic Headliner Search in Las Vegas. Photo credit – Gabe Ginsberg/VegasKool

Walsh beat three other finalists to earn the title: Mike Merrill from Panorama City, Calif.; Matthew Broome from Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Jared Stern from Washington, D.C. For more information on Maria Walsh, visit Tickets to the Riviera Comedy Club can be purchased at the Box Office or by visiting

About The Riviera Casino & Hotel
Celebrating 58 years of non-stop entertainment, the Riviera Casino & Hotel is one of the iconic casino and hotel destinations in Las Vegas. The Riviera brings a rich tradition of quality, service and hospitality excellence. Located on the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard, the Riviera features more than 100,000 square feet of casino space with all of the latest games along with award winning entertainment and a variety of dining options. For more information on the Riviera's amenities, visit

SOURCE Riviera Casino & Hotel


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